Coulommiers, in case you are not familiar is a cousin of the more well known Brie.
Lille is a fabulous bloomy rinded cheese -- full of buttery round notes and a nice clean mushroomy finish with faint hints of nuttiness and grassiness. A crowd pleaser of a cheese -- this is a sumptuous, unctuous, mouth coating cheese moment!
Lille for me is the embodiment of Vermont summertime -- bright and full of life!
Instead of pairing Lille with the obvious options of either bubbles or a light crisp white wine, why not pair Lille with a cocktail? In honor of the summertime spirit what about an Elderflower Prosecco Cocktail?
What do you need to make this cocktail
1 chilled bottle of Prosecco / Champagne / Blanc de Blancs -- your bubbles of choice, the crisper the better.
St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1 Persian Cucumber
Squeeze of Lemon
Add a few ice cubes to a tumbler style glass. Add a decent amount of Prosecco and a splash of St Germain followed by a few paper-thin slices of cucumber and a dash of lemon. Top with a mint sprig or two for crisp freshness. This refreshing cocktail will cut through the round buttery-ness of the cheese in the most elegant of fashions, it will bring out the hints of grassiness in the cheese and is a different route for Lille.
Albeit not particularly seasonal -- this is also a fabulous celebratory pairing!